APTOPIX CFP Championship Clemson LSU Football

LSU head coach Ed Orgeron holds the trophy after their win against Clemson in a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in New Orleans. LSU won 42-25.

LSU plans Saturday parade to celebrate football championship

LSU plans to hold a parade to celebrate its football team’s national championship on Saturday.

The parade will start at 11 a.m. at LSU’s school of music, go through LSU's campus and end at the west side of Tiger Stadium via Victory Hill, LSU announced.

The “national championship celebration” will begin at noon outside the west side of Tiger Stadium.

U.S. Rep. Johnson wins 'gentleman’s wager' on Air Force One

Louisiana Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson says he came within three points of predicting the correct final score of Monday’s college football championship game, winning a “gentleman’s wager” with the other officials who went to the game on Air Force One.

“President Trump himself certified and signed my victory page,” Johnson said on Twitter. “What a night!”

Johnson posted a picture of a piece of Air Force One stationery with the officials’ final score projections. Johnson appears to have predicted a 41-27 LSU victory; the actual score was 42-25.

The tweet does not mention what, if anything, was on the line in the wager.

State education board to begin planning superintendent transition Thursday

The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has plans to hold a special meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday to consider its next steps regarding the selection of a new state education superintendent.

At the public meeting, BESE will formally receive the resignation of Superintendent John White, who notified the board he was stepping down last week, and discuss how they will go about selecting his replacement. In his resignation letter, White said he plans to leave the job March 11.

The agenda also includes the ceremonial swearing-in of new members and the election of 2020 BESE officers.

Lawsuit against state Bar Association and Supreme Court dismissed

A Louisiana attorney’s lawsuit against the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Supreme Court seeking “freedom from compelled speech” has been dismissed.

Randy Boudreaux argued that being forced to join the Bar Association as a condition of his profession and have his dues possibly subsidize the association’s political speech violates his First Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights to free speech and free association. He claimed the LSBA policy that allows attorneys who object to certain association activities to ask for a partial dues refund is inadequate to protect his rights.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk says state court, not federal court, is the proper venue for some of Boudreaux’s claims. Africk also says the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can condition the right to practice law on membership in the state bar association and the payment of dues.

Though the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last year in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees don’t have to pay fees to unions as a condition of employment, Africk says that precedent does not apply to Boudreaux’s case.

Staff Reporter

David Jacobs is a Baton Rouge-based award-winning journalist who has written about government, politics, business and culture in Louisiana for almost 15 years. He joined The Center Square in 2018.